A cat is very lucky to be alive after a rescuer saved his life last month in Round Rock.
On January 26th, “Barney," a stray cat, attempted to jump over a face when one of his paws got caught between the wooden slats, leaving him hanging upside down.
Experts say Barney was trapped for about eight to 20 hours before a rescuer found him and saved him.
Barney, however, broke his hip and cut his circulation to his leg while attempting to escape.
The rescuer was able to provide initial care but then had to reach out to a few local organizations to afford further assistance.
The rescuer eventually contacted Shadow Cats on Facebook. That's when volunteers immediately leap into action.
When Barney was taken to get examined, the veterinary said the physical damage was too great, and as a consequence his leg was amputated.
Barney is currently at the Shadow Cats sanctuary healing nicely, but his veterinary bill was $2,400.
He is only one of hundreds of felines helped every year by Shadow Cats.
Shadow Cats is a local nonprofit organization that provides long-term care to special-needs cats in a cage-free sanctuary environment, while also providing resources to assist community cat populations through trap-neuter-return programs (TNR).
To continue to help cats like Barney, fundraising has already begun through Amplify Austin.
The Shadow Cats goal this year is $100,000. It is only through donations and community support that Shadow Cats is able to provide lifesaving care to cats just like Barney.